Seed Lending Libraries in Pennsylvania Facing Crackdown

By: Wednesday August 6, 2014 5:10 pm

Among the 340 listed seed libraries are eleven in PA. One of them, hosted by the Joseph T. Simpson Library in Mechanicsburg, has come to the attention of (insert your favorite scary music here) the PA Department of Agriculture which has informed the Simpson Library that its seed activity is in violation of the PA Seed Act of 2004 (here and here). The PA Department of Agriculture is so alarmed by this activity that it sent “a high-ranking official and lawyers to a meeting with the library.”


Four Observations/Suggestions About the New NextGen PAC Anti Tom Corbett Ad

By: Monday July 14, 2014 6:30 pm

The average watcher of politics might not be aware of this but there are some liberal super PACs (Political Action Committee) that will benefit from the horrible Citizen’s United decision. One such liberal PAC is called Nextgen Climate, which is run by hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer. His main issue is climate change and he’s pledged to spend about $100 million this year.

He’s using his considerable muscle here in Pennsylvania already by running this ad against Tom Corbett, arguably one of the worst governors in the country when it comes to fracking and climate change.

The Sounds of Silence — Political Style

By: Saturday May 24, 2014 4:00 pm

It began late Tuesday night and, if we are fortunate, will last at least a week.

But it will return. We have no illusions that there will be continued quiet. That’s because we are in the middle of yet another election cycle.

PA Gov. Tom Corbett Is in Serious Trouble

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 10:17 am

Governor Corbett is now losing to six of the seven possible Democratic nominees. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, the front runner in the crowded Democratic primary, is leading Corbett 45/37%.

Obama’s Former PR Flack: Thread Tying Keystone XL, PA Gov’s Race Together

By: Thursday August 15, 2013 2:45 pm

Pennsylvania Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate and former head of the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Kathleen “Katie” McGinty, has hired powerful PR firm SKDKnickerbocker for her campaign’s communications efforts.

SKDKnickerbocker – once known as Squier Knapp Dunn – is co-owned by President Barack Obama’s former Communications Director Anita Dunn and a member of Obama’s national media team for his 2008 run for President, Bill Knapp. Both Dunn and Knapp previously did PR for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s 2004 run for President, as well.

Royal Dutch Shell: They’ve Really Got a Friend in Pennsylvania

By: Saturday August 10, 2013 12:50 pm

Royal Dutch Shell, which owns or leases about 900,000 acres in the Marcellus Shale, had a great idea.

It wanted to frack the Ukraine. But, there was opposition. So, Royal Dutch Shell decided to create a junket for some of the Ukrainians opposed to fracking to show them just how wonderful fracking is.

‘Putting People Over Profits’: The Fight Against Fracking

By: Saturday July 13, 2013 5:20 pm

Pennsylvanians want to put a moratorium on fracking.

And it’s not just a few thousand, but a majority of the state’s residents.

State Tax Cuts Take a Bite Out of Pennsylvania’s Budget Pie

By: Wednesday March 13, 2013 12:30 pm

Advocates delivered half a pie to every Pennsylvania legislator Tuesday. Why half a pie?

To remind them that a decade of large tax cuts for businesses has left schools, health care services, and local communities with a smaller share of the state budget pie.

In the Bid to Privatize PA’s Lottery, One Is the Loneliest Number

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 6:38 pm

One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do …

Although I’m dating myself, some of you may recognize the Harry Nilsson song made famous by Three Dog Night. We recommend that Governor Tom Corbett download it to his iPod as he contemplates whether to accept a solitary bid from Camelot Global Services to take over the operation of the Pennsylvania Lottery. Whether privatizing state services or getting a new roof for your house, having a single lonely bidder is a red flag for a fleecing — for overpaying the contractor.

In its bid, Camelot promises 20 to 30 years of lottery profits that barely increase at the rate of inflation — even with the addition of new lottery games such as Keno and online gaming. The deal could produce big-time profits for Camelot with performance no better than the public system could produce. If the company maxes out its incentive-based compensation over the initial 20-year contract, it could receive $1.15 billion in today’s dollars; more when you count annual management fees.

A good deal for Camelot, but not for the Pennsylvania seniors who benefit from lottery proceeds

Report Shows Fracking in PA Poisoning Communities as Floodgates Open for Drilling on Campuses, Public Parks

By: Monday October 22, 2012 7:30 am

Pennsylvania recently passed Act 147 – also known as the Indigenous Mineral Resources Development Act – opening up the floodgates for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on the campuses of its public universities. As noted in a recent post by DeSmog, the shale gas industry hasn’t limited Version 2.0 of “frackademics” to PA’s campuses, but is also fracking close to hundreds of K-12 schools across the country, as well.

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